134: Top 10 Essential Tips for Employers of Foreign Workers

Show Notes for Canadian Immigration Podcast Episode 134: Top 10 Essentials for Employers with Foreign Workers

Welcome to Episode 134 of the Canadian Immigration Podcast, where hosts Mark Holthe and Alicia Backman-Beharry discuss the Top 10 Essentials employers should know when hiring foreign workers. This episode provides valuable insights and guidance for employers navigating the complexities of Canadian immigration law as they try to retain their workers in a volatile market.

Key Highlights:

  1. Provincial Registration: Employers in British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan must be provincially registered to employ foreign workers. This process can take several months and is crucial for compliance.
  2. Licensed Recruiters: Employers must work with bonded, licensed recruiters when hiring foreign workers. Ensure that the recruiter is properly licensed and bonded to avoid penalties.
  3. Understanding the Program: Know whether you are hiring under the International Mobility Program (IMP) or the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) as it affects the hiring process and timeline.
  4. Plan Your Timing and Retention: Strategically plan your hiring process to ensure timely recruitment and retention of foreign workers. Consider long-term immigration goals and ensure proper work authorization.
  5. Employment Agreements: Have clear employment agreements in place that outline the terms of employment and compliance with immigration requirements.
  6. Compliance with Employment Standards: Ensure adherence to Employment Standards Code and Workers' Compensation requirements to provide a fair and safe workplace for foreign workers.
  7. Maintain Substantially the Same Employment Conditions: Employers must maintain the same employment conditions as stated in the LMIA or employment contract to avoid non-compliance.
  8. Workplace Free of Abuse: Create a workplace culture and policies that ensure foreign workers are free from physical, emotional, or psychological abuse and have access to healthcare services.
  9. Access to Healthcare Services: Ensure that foreign workers have access to healthcare services, especially if they become injured or ill at the workplace.
  10. Get Help from Experienced Immigration Lawyers: Stay up to date with immigration law changes and ensure compliance by seeking assistance from experienced immigration lawyers.


Employing foreign workers in Canada requires careful planning, compliance with various regulations, and a commitment to providing a supportive work environment. By following these top 10 essentials, employers can navigate the complexities of immigration law and create a successful and compliant hiring strategy.

Stay tuned for more updates and insights on Canadian immigration law, policy, and practice. Visit Holthe Immigration Law for more information and assistance with your immigration needs.